It’s normal for teenagers to have
extreme mood swings as a result of their changing hormones. It’s also just a part
growing up. But sometimes a teenager’s mood swings are signs of a larger problem.
your teen seems depressed for more than 2 weeks, you should be concerned. Signs of
Use of drugs or alcohol
Problems in school and at
Frequent episodes of running
Withdrawal from family and
Sudden changes in eating or
Sexual promiscuity or
Hostile behavior or rage
Loss of pleasure in life
Depressed teens can be helped with
treatment. Talk to your child’s healthcare provider. Or check with your local mental
health center, social service agency, or hospital. Assure your teen that
pain can be eased. Offer your love and support.
your teen talks about death or
suicide or has
plans to harm themselves or others,
Call or text
You will be connected to trained crisis counselors at the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline. An online chat option is also available at
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Lifeline is free and available 24/7.